Running in the final 3,200-meter race of her high school career, the senior captured a long-awaited first state title. Schott won the Class 3A state championship in Friday's title meet at Morgan State, beating Sara Carter of Hereford by nearly nine seconds.
Schott came very close to championships several times in both outdoor track and cross country. She finished third in this race each of the past two years. Schott also took third in the state in cross country (3.1 miles) last fall and fifth as a junior.
But she won the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference and region titles this spring, and completed the sweep of postseason championships in this race. Schott, headed to Mount St. Mary's, took the lead about three laps into the eight-lap event and pulled away to win in 11 minutes, 29.89 seconds, beating Carter (11:38.73) for that elusive title.
"I was really nervous, but I was hoping I could do it," Schott said. "I felt strong. It definitely feels good."
The Class 3A and 4A schools competed Friday -- after the Class 1A and 2A teams went Thursday -- and all four groups come back to finish the meet today. Schott will return to try to win the 1,600, but the monkey is officially off her back.
"It warms me up," she said. "I feel like I'm strong now, and I hope I can do it."
No. 2 Hereford used Carter's second-place finish -- plus the 3,200 relay team's third-place finish and a fourth from Abbie Wenck in the pole vault -- to score 19 points and hold a one-point lead over No. 9 River Hill. No. 7 Catonsville is fourth with 16.
"This is tougher because the Montgomery County and the Prince George's schools have a little more speed than we do," said Hereford coach Brad Duvall. "They can really dominate us in the sprint events."
Woodlawn's Devin Wynn was the lone local Class 4A winner -- individual or team -- taking the long jump in 21-11.75. He came up with that effort on his final jump to come away with the championship.
In Class 3A girls, No. 8 Western won the 3,200 relay (9:31.91), and Catonsville captured the 800 relay (1:41.94).
On the boys' side, No. 6 Reservoir captured the 3,200 relay (8:02.00). Howard's Jordan Carr won the high jump (6-6), and Charlie Ryan of Hereford took the shot put (53-1.75) before going off to his graduation Friday night.